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Globalization and Governance


Admission requirements

MSc International Relations and Diplomacy students.


This course maps out the on-going debate about the effects of globalisation on the governance capacity and role of the state. This is a question which has again become politically important after the major financial crisis starting in 2008, and gained prominence during the current, and on-going COVID-19 crisis. Some authors claim – either with enthusiasm or with regret – that the state is becoming obsolescent. Others take a more nuanced stance, claiming that the state may have become weaker in fulfilling its traditional roles (like redistribution), but that it is gaining strength with respect to other policy-functions (such as creating international standards on trade and investment). Today, states are claiming new authority and power to manage the COVID-pandemic, while also realising that international cooperation remains crucial. This course explores the key academic and policy debates on (amongst others) the origins of the (European) state; the impact of identity and values on regime-building and regional organisation; the economic and financial impact of globalisation; the rise of transnational governance arrangements; the impact of globalisation on (national) democracy; the impact of globalisation on peace and security; as well as the future of globalisation (by means of forecasting and scenario-building).

Course objectives

The purpose of the course is to raise, exchange and evaluate questions regarding the changing role of the state, International Organisations and the future of global governance by looking at specific concepts and cases. The main objective of the seminar meetings is for all students to form their own judgement and to encourage critical thinking.


On the right-hand side of the programme front page of the E-Prospectus you will find a link to the online timetables.

Mode of instruction


Study load: 140 hours

Assessment method

  • Class participation 15%

  • Paper outline 10%

  • Presentation 35%

  • Final Paper 40%

Failed partial grades or components should be compensated by passed partial grades or components. The calculated grade must be at least 5,5 to pass the course. It is not possible to re-sit a partial grade or component once you have passed the course.

Partial grades will remain valid for one academic year.

Should a student fail the overall course, s/he can complete the course in the next academic year. In cases of exceptional circumstances, a student may apply to the board of examiners for a resit to complete the course in the same academic year.

Reading list

No books need to be purchased; readings will be announced.


The programme will register the students in Usis based on the group division. Use Brightspace for course information.


Dr. P. van Ham


This course is an elective designed for MIRD students. This elective is conditional on at least 5 students registering for this course. Second year students have priority for the registration to this course.